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Dear Constituents,

Please find attached my e-Newsletter for the week ending April 3, 2020.   As you all are aware, Governor Pritzker extended the Shelter in Place order through April 30, 2020 as we are seeing more and more cases of COVID-19 throughout Cook County and Illinois.

We ask that every citizen adheres to these mandates until we get through this pandemic.  Although we are facing difficult days we also believe we will overcome this crisis. Remember, we are stronger together than we are separate.

We hope you find the following information useful. In the meantime, if you need immediate assistance, or may have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 773-473-7300.

In the meantime, stay safe and be well.
 
Sincerely,

 
​Camille Y. Lilly
State Representative, 78th District
Illinois House of Representatives
101st General Assembly

Cases in Cook County and Illinois

Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, as of April 3, there have been a total of 8,904 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 210 deaths in IL, including 6,111 cases and 141 deaths in Cook County. This includes 2,296 cases and 84 deaths in suburban Cook County, and 3,815 cases and 57 deaths in Chicago. All numbers provided are provisional and subject to change. For the most up-to-date information on Illinois case counts, including cases for suburban Cook County and Chicago, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website.



Governor’s Office Daily COVID-19 Q & A
April 3, 2020
 
General Resources: visit coronavirus.illinois.gov
PPE Equipment:

  • Donations: PPE.donations@Illinois.gov
  • To Manufacture PPE in Illinois: ima@ima-net.org
 
Business Assistance:
  • Essential Business inquiries: contact 1-800-252-2923 or CEO.support@illinois.gov
  • IL Small Business Assistance: email CEO.support@illinois.gov (DCEO) or click here.
  • Federal Small Business loans visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov.
  • Business insurance coverage: https://mc.insurance.illinois.gov/messagecenter.nsf.
 
Individual Assistance:
  • Employee workplace rights complaints: contact the Attorney General’s Office at (844) 740-5076 or submit a complaint online.
  • Unemployment insurance inquiries: call Claimant Services at (800) 244-5631.
  • COVID-19 Symptom guidelines: visit IDPH website, click here.
  • Resources for people with disabilities: visit www.DDD.Illinois.gov.
  • Consumer guidance on debts due and regulated financial sectors: click here.
  • To report price gouging: submit a complaint online.
 
Other Resources:
  • List of Executive Orders related to COVID-19: click here.
  • Federal Stimulus Package Unemployment Benefits Q&A: click here.
  • Illinois taxpayer information: visit DOR’s resource page here.
  • IDFPR list of licensees and consumers impacted by COVID-19: click here.
  • School-related inquires: visit https://www.isbe.net/covid19
  • COVID19 cases by county: visit dph.illinois.gov
  • To volunteer: visit serve.illinois.gov or email dph.serveillinois@illinois.gov
  • Emergency Day Care Provider Search: visit https://emergencycare.inccrra.org
  • Medication Affordability Assistance: visit https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access/

 
Supplies and PPE

Q: How can a health care provider who is able to use non-N95 masks get access to any of the donations coming in or the masks erroneously sent to the state by the federal government?

A: A healthcare provider must submit their request to their local health department who will collaborate with IEMA to obtain the PPE.
 
Q: Will PPE be made available for workers of essential businesses, not just health care staff?

A: Other entities who need PPE may request through their local Emergency Management Department.

Safety Measures

Q: What is being done to protect our veterinarians and their staff since they are considered as an essential business?

A: The Illinois Department of Agriculture recognizes that animal shelters, animal controls and veterinarians are facing unique challenges during the COVID-19 event. Decisions are being made to protect staff and the public while also providing essential services for animals and the community at large.

To that end, many clinics have stopped all elective surgeries at this time, including spay and neuter procedures. As a result, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will allow shelters and animal controls to utilize 225 ILCS 605/3.3(a)(2) during the COVID-19 pandemic. A licensed veterinarian must certify that the animals were unable to be altered prior to adoption due to COVID-19 requiring sterilization surgeries to be delayed. Furthermore, the licensee must ensure that they and the adopter agree in writing that the animals will be altered within 14 days of elective surgeries being resumed at the clinic.

The licensee will be responsible for verifying this requirement is met. The Department has a full page of resources for pet owners, veterinarians, animal shelters, caretakers of pets of humans exposed to COVID-19, and the livestock industry. A link to this information can be found at: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Animals/AnimalHealth/Pages/COVID-19.aspx

Due to the influx of bona fide disputes, it is preferred that retailers notify the ILCC of actual disputes. It is also preferred that the retailer notifies the ILCC of disputes with creditor distributors and not all distributors (e.g. beer distributors).

Insurance

Q: How will independent primary care physicians continue to practice when they do not have revenues to pay for the insurance? What assistance is available?

A:For questions on business Insurance please visit: https://mc.insurance.illinois.gov/messagecenter.nsf.

Business Compliance

Q: What is the maximum amount of people that can attend church gatherings? Can more people gather if they maintain the 6 feet requirement?

A: Per Executive Order 10 and as extended by Executive Order 18, gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people and require social distancing. The Executive Order does not otherwise prohibit religious activities and specifically allows religious organizations to provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life, to its congregants and needy individuals. All religious entities are encouraged to utilize web-sources to broadcast their services to the public while ensuring everyone stays safe inside their homes.

Tax

Q: How can a taxpayer determine their estimated tax payments?

A: The prescribed method for determining one’s estimated tax payments for a given tax year is to base it on the taxpayer’s expected liability for that tax year. For instructions and worksheet for 2020, click here.

There is a hold harmless provision related to penalty assessment that provides if a taxpayer’s estimated payments total 100% of the taxpayer’s previous tax year’s liability then no penalty will be assessed for late estimated payments.

Recognizing that because of this hold harmless provision, some taxpayers rely on their previous year’s liability when making their current year estimated payments and that, due to the filing extension, some taxpayers will not know their 2019 liability when their first two 2020 estimated payments are due, the Administration will allow taxpayers to rely on their 2018 liability when making their 2020 estimated payments without incurring a penalty.
 
Transportation

Q: Highway maintainers are not actively working on the roadways and in some facilities, there are 12-13 of them working in one building. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) employee stated that they are doing “prep" work to keep busy. Is there any possibility that these workers can be put on call, or rotate them on a swing shift?

A: Highway maintenance workers are working in a limited congregate setting. IDOT is reinforcing regulations and guidelines for district offices and workers.
 
 

 

CPS to Offer Free Meals During Scheduled Spring Break and Consolidate Meal Sites to Ensure Support for Staff and Families

CPS has Provided 2.8 Million Free Meals to Families and Will Continue to Provide Access to Free Meals for All Students During School Closure

CHICAGO — As the district works to support families during the unprecedented challenge presented by COVID-19, CPS announced today that grab-and-go meals will be available to families during the district’s scheduled spring break, which begins on Monday, April 6. Through one of the nation’s most ambitious free meal programs, 2.8 million grab-and-go meals have been provided to CPS families since schools closed earlier this month. To provide greater flexibility for district staff who have helped feed students in recent weeks and to ensure long-term consistency in location pick-up for families, the district will be consolidating its least utilized meal distribution sites beginning April 13.   

“Chicago is offering the most ambitious free meal distribution program in the country, and we are committed to providing free meals at the majority of our schools for the entire time schools are closed,” said CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “The modifications we are making will provide additional support for our school staff, and ensure a strong staffing plan is in place that helps prevent disruption for our families.”

Since schools closed earlier this month, CPS has operated meal sites at nearly all district schools. Grab and go meal sites are open every weekday, and families who visit meal sites are provided with three days of breakfast and lunch per child. Free, CPS-provided meals are a necessity for a large number of CPS students, and the district is committed to providing free meals to all students for the duration of the school closure. 

Under the district’s revised meal distribution plan, which will begin on Monday, April 13, 276 schools that have been high demand distribution sites for families will continue to provide free meals, and schools that were less frequently utilized by families will no longer serve as distribution sites. Consolidating meal sites will promote operational stability for the length of the closure and provide the following benefits for staff and families:
  • Lunchroom staff: By consolidating sites, the district will need fewer staff each day while still ensuring students are fed each day. All staff will continue to be paid, and staff who are not working or assigned to an active meal site will be able to stay home and practice social distancing.
  • School administrators: Reducing the number of active meal sites will also reduce the number of principals and assistant principals who are overseeing meal distribution each day. The district will rotate administrators through the consolidated sites, which will provide additional time for all principals to support remote learning, which launches district-wide on April 13.
  • Families: It’s a priority for the district to offer reliable service and certainty about the meal sites that will be open each day. By consolidating sites and supplementing staffing levels by transferring in some of the staff from deactivated sites, the district will have stronger staffing plans at each school. Improved staffing will help ensure meal sites do not need to close in the event of staff absences, which has the potential to become a greater concern due to the growth in COVID-19 cases.
"SEIU Local 1 lunchroom managers are happy to step up to do their part for our communities during this unprecedented crisis and feed thousands of Chicago children," said SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff. "We look forward to continuing to work with CPS during these trying times to protect and strengthen our communities."

"Caring for the kids is not simply what the CPS lunchroom staff do, it is who they are,” said Karen Kent, President of UNITE HERE Local 1. “Continuing to do that work in these times demonstrates the depth of their commitment to Chicago's children."

Under the district’s consolidated meal plan, 52 percent of CPS schools will offer free meals on a daily basis, far outpacing options provided in most large cities. Ninety percent of all students will live within one mile of a meal distribution site, and 75 percent of sites will be located on the south and west sides of the city. Although the revised site structure is designed so that families will maintain close proximity to the nearest site, the district will continue to provide free delivery for families who need additional support. 

During the week of April 6, which is the district’s scheduled spring break, 136 CPS schools will provide free meals from Monday through Thursday, with no food distribution on Good Friday, April 10. School-based lunch staff were not previously scheduled to work during spring break and those who continue to work during this period will receive additional compensation and their paid vacation will be rescheduled to a later date. Staff who do not work will receive paid vacation as scheduled.

For the full list of meal sites that will be open during spring break and under the consolidated site plan beginning April 13, please visit cps.edu/mealsites or call 773-553-KIDS.

Chicago Public Schools serves 355,000 students in 642 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district. 
 
Volunteer Health Care Workers

As COVID-19 continues to affect our communities, Illinois is in need of trained health care professionals to help save lives. If you are a licensed health care worker who can help fight COVID-19, visit IllinoisHelps.net
Don’t Mix Cleaning Products

While cleaning and sanitizing your home is key to preventing the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to only use household cleaning products as directed. Mixing cleaning products or not using them as directed on the label can lead to dangerous chemical reactions or them not work effectively. For more information, visit poison.org.
Domestic Violence

If you or someone you know is at risk of self-isolating with an abuser during the mandatory stay at home order, help is available. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visit thehotline.org
As you may know, Community Insurance Center is an authorized SBA surety bond agency. Because of this unique role we hold in Chicago and St Louis, we feel obligated to share as soon as we receive it, information about the SBA’s COVID-19 loan program.
 
All Illinois small businesses can now apply for low-interest disaster loans to help offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois District Office will host free webinars covering:
  • Eligibility
  • Use of proceeds
  • Terms
  • Filing requirements
  • Additional small business resources
Choose the date and time most convenient for you. All events listed in Central Time. Click the link to register now.

Monday, March 30, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, March 31, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 31, 3 p.m.

More webinars will be announced soon! As soon as we receive information about the webinars, we will share it.   
 
Updates to SBA's disaster loan website
The SBA heard your feedback about your experience using the disaster loan website, and the SBA is working diligently to meet customer demand and make the application process as user-friendly and easy as possible. Currently, the online application is under maintenance. In the interim, applicants can download forms, fill them out, and upload or mail them. Visit the website for more instructions, and if you're still receiving error messages, try closing and reopening your browser and clearing your cookies/browsing cache.

Apply for Assistance

Stay Safe,
 
 
Matthew H. Cooper
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Community Insurance Center NA, Inc.
1631 South Michigan Ave Unit 102
Chicago, IL 60616
Direct:312-967-8978 Office. 312-341-9080  fax 312-341-9084
Remember to Practice Social Distancing! It can save lives.
CLEAN AND DISINFECT. IT CAN ALSO SAVE LIVES.

Cleaning and disinfecting your home or business during this COVID-19 crisis is very important to stop the spread of this virus. The CDC offers the following tips:
  • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water: Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
  • High touch surfaces include Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use disinfectant.
  • Use an EPA-registered household disinfectant.   To learn more about effective household disinfectants to fight COVID-19, CLICK HERE
  • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol.
For clothing, towels, linens and other items:
  • Wear disposable gloves.
  • Wash hands with soap and water as soon as you remove the gloves.
  • Do not shake dirty laundry.
  • Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
  • Dirty laundry from a sick person can be washed with other people’s items.
  • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to the guidance above for surfaces.
Join Us  on MONDAYS for Constituent Night!

I, State Representative Camille Y. Lilly, enjoy meeting with the constituents of the 78th District on Mondays for Constituent Night from 5-8p.m. at the district office located at 6937 W. North Ave.  Please call the district office for an appointment/questions at 773-473-7300 or email us at StateRepCamilleYLilly@gmail.com.

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